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  • the child’s diagnosis
  • emotional and social supports
  • hearing and hearing loss
  • hearing tests
  • hearing devices (hearing aids, bone conduction aids, cochlear implants, FM systems)
  • early communication
  • listening and spoken language development
  • tips to encourage listening and spoken language development within daily routines
  • typical development in all areas
  • benefits of play, music and early literacy
  • early intervention services, rights, laws and IFSPs
  • transitioning to educational programs for preschoolers and IEPs

CID parent educators and families use a variety of resources, including Small Talk, written by CID staff. This book breaks down the important things today’s parents of children who are deaf and hard of hearing need to know and do including the topics listed above. Small Talk also fills an important need as a textbook for university deaf education and early intervention programs. CID’s Early Listening at Home curriculum encourages coaching the whole family and is an important tool for parent educators.

In addition to CID parent educators, CID offers the support of a dedicated parent support specialist who provides opportunities to connect with other families, emotional support and resources.